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Wittgenstein, Empiricism, and Language - John W. Cook

Wittgenstein, Empiricism, and Language

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Published: 1st January 2000
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This provocative study exposes the ways in which Wittgenstein's philosophical views have been misunderstood, including the failure to recognize the reductionist character of Wittgenstein's work. Author John Cook provides well-documented proof that Wittgenstein did not hold views commonly attributed to him, arguing that Wittgenstein's later work was mistakenly seen as a development of G. E. Moore's philosophy--which Wittgenstein in fact vigorously attacked. He also points to an underestimation of Russell's influence on Wittgenstein's thinking. Cook goes on to show how these misunderstandings have had grave consequences for philosophy at large, and proposes that a more subtle appreciation of linguistic philosophy can yield valuable results.

"This is a very good book. It is short but very well documented; the references are many, telling, and often clinching. It is clearly written and argued, and it has extraordinary thesis....Cook's book performed, for me, the invaluable service of renewing my interest in Wittgenstein and causing me to re-think my understanding of him....Buy this book, and recommend it to students."--International Philosophical Quarterly "This is a very good book. It is short but very well documented; the references are many, telling, and often clinching. It is clearly written and argued, and it has extraordinary thesis.Cook's book performed, for me, the invaluable service of renewing my interest in Wittgenstein and causing me to re-think my understanding of him....Buy this book, and recommend it to students."--International Philosophical Quarterly

Preface List of Abbreviations Introduction Part I: The Way Out of the Flytrap 1.: The Subject Matter of Philosophy 2.: Empiricism and the Flight from Solipsism 3.: Theories and Descriptions 4.: Speakers and Noise Makers 5.: Reductionism and Inflation Part II: Reductionism and Criteria 6.: The Ontological and Linguistic Aims of Reductionism 7.: A Russellian Argument and Wittgensteinian Criteria 8.: The Concept of Criteria 9.: What Criteria Cannot Be Part III: Philosophy and Language 10.: Standard Ordinary Language Philosophy 11.: Moore's Method 12.: Wittgenstein and the Metaphysical Use of Words 13.: Metaphysical Ordinary Language Philosophy 14.: Investigative Ordinary Language Philosophy 15.: Investigative Appearances Appendix Name Index Subject Index

ISBN: 9780195132984
ISBN-10: 019513298X
Audience: Professional
Format: Hardcover
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 240
Published: 1st January 2000
Publisher: Oxford University Press Inc
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 24.1 x 16.4  x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.48